Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
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Apr
27
Thu
ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS LED BY JOSHUA BELL @ Concert Hall
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For over 50 years, London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields has been one of the world’s favourite orchestras. Established and led by the late Sir Neville Marriner, this superstar chamber orchestra brought the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to life in refined and sensitive performances that have captivated billions.

From the Four Seasons to the score for Amadeus, the Academy’s recordings are some of the true treasures of classical music. Now led by brilliant virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy is delighting new generations of music-lovers with sensational music-making of the highest order.
Program 1: The Mighty Bruch (Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 7pm)

Joshua Bell’s performance of Bruch’s violin concerto is iconic. This thrilling unconducted performance of the much-loved masterwork will demonstrate his stunning vibrancy and power. By contrast, the slow movement of Schumann’s violin concerto is a lyrical showcase for Bell and the Academy’s strings. Two picture postcards from Mendelssohn surround these works: a wave-tossed voyage to a Scottish sea cave and a sunny picture from Italy – a glorious showcase for a virtuoso orchestra.

Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op.26
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Robert Schumann Violin Concerto: Second Movement
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 Italian
Program 2: Great Classics: Mozart and Beethoven (Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7pm)

Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No.25 reveals the composer’s surefooted sense of theatre. Darkly stormy and operatic, it is one of his earliest symphonic masterpieces. The violinist is the star of his similarly dramatic Fourth Violin Concerto – a bravura display of swagger and elegance for soloist Joshua Bell. And for their final offering, the Academy takes on the Eroica. Beethoven’s third symphony is an explosion of heroic determination and unbridled joy without equal, and one of humanity’s greatest works of art. It is a revolution in sound.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No.25 in G minor, K.183; Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E-flat, Op.55 Eroica

“The power of Bell’s communication is astonishing. The dazzling execution, powerful expression and beautiful tone are mesmerising and, as … director, Bell’s musical imagination inspired a magnificent intensity.” The Australian

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AMERICA! – Presented by QSO @ Brisbane City Hall
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra

Double Bass Edicson Ruiz (Australian debut, QSO exclusive)

Relish in the music of America’s Golden Age as Music Director Alondra de la Parra leads QSO in this spirited evening of works from Gershwin, Bernstein and more.

Jet to sun-drenched Arizona in Grofé’s vivid Sunrise and Cloudburst from Grand Canyon Suite and the bustling backstreets of New Jersey with Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, then get swept off your feet in Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Grofé Sunrise and Cloudburst from Grand Canyon Suite
Koussevitzky Double Bass Concerto
Gershwin An American in Paris
Bernstein On the Waterfront

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Apr
28
Fri
Meta Weiss & Daniel de Borah – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm

$15 / $10 AT DOOR
Faculty Piano, Strings

The seamless sounds of American cellist Meta Weiss and the grace of pianist Daniel de Borah combine in this performance of sonatas by Chopin and Brahms.

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Music For a While – Presented by Arioso Chamber Ensemble @ St Peter's Catholic Church
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Arioso Chamber Ensemble performs music to transport the soul and delight the senses, in a program of baroque music by Purcell, Telemann, Tartini, Schop, Phillips, and Barriere.
Judit Molnar – soprano,
Margaret Caley – baroque violin,
Belinda Manwaring – baroque cello,
Janet Brewer – harpsichord.
Tickets $28full/$25concession/$7school-aged child
Bookings Recommended Ph 07 54468128, or online via www.trybooking.com
Tickets at the door – cash sales only

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Apr
29
Sat
Music for a While – Presented by Arioso Chamber Ensemble @ Lift
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Arioso Chamber Ensemble performs music to transport the soul and delight the senses, in a program of baroque music by Purcell, Telemann, Tartini, Schop, Phillips, and Barriere.
Judit Molnar – soprano,
Margaret Caley – baroque violin,
Belinda Manwaring – baroque cello,
Janet Brewer – harpsichord.
Tickets $28full/$25concession/$7school-aged child
Bookings Recommended Ph 07 54468128, or online via www.trybooking.com
Tickets at the door – cash sales only

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FEVER PITCH – Presented by QSO @ Powerhouse Theatre
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Double Bass Edicson Ruiz
Piano Joe Chindamo
Vocals Olivia Chindamo

Chapela Inguesu (Australian Premiere)
Martinsson Double Bass Concerto No.1 (Australian Premiere)
Chapela Piroklasta (World Premiere)
Chindamo FANTASKATTO for Voice and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Brisbane Powerhouse will explode with this whopping QSOCurrent program of Australian-firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. The evening will showcase the music of Mexican composer Enrico Chapela, two stunning soloists and a kaleidoscopic commission by legendary Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Chapela’s symphonic poem Ingueso kicks off the concert with a noisy action-packed orchestra recreating a defining moment in modern Mexican culture and ripping open old wounds when the underdogs won a historic soccer match against Brazil. The Orchestra is divided into the Mexican and Brazilian teams; keep an ear out for superstar Ronaldinho as first trumpet.

Next up, is Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson’s Double Bass Concerto played by Berlin Philharmonic’s Edicson Ruiz, one of the foremost bass players of our time. The exceptionally lyrical piece gives Ruiz a narrative role, allowing his brilliance to radiate.

The world premiere of another Chapela work, Piroklasta, follows and is inspired by the worst volcanic horrors and the beautiful and raw power of nature. He devotes each movement to a different pyroclastic feature – from magma to ash – with music driven by passion and chaos.

To conclude, Chindamo’s FANTASKATTO is a concertante work with jazz, contemporary and operatic flavours, making way for his daughter, award-winning vocalist Olivia Chindamo, to dazzle. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall and The Swingle Singers thrown in with Rajaton and topped with a zany contemporary twist, and you won’t be too far off this swingin’ finale.

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Apr
30
Sun
Music for a While – Presented by Arioso Chamber Ensemble @ Sandgate Town Hall
Apr 30 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Arioso Chamber Ensemble performs music to transport the soul and delight the senses, in a program of baroque music by Purcell, Telemann, Tartini, Schop, Phillips, and Barriere.
Judit Molnar – soprano,
Margaret Caley – baroque violin,
Belinda Manwaring – baroque cello,
Janet Brewer – harpsichord.
Tickets $28full/$25concession/$7school-aged child
Bookings Recommended Ph 07 54468128, or online via www.trybooking.com
Tickets at the door – cash sales only

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Sing It – Vox Caldera Choir with Louise King (cello) & Hamsa Arnold (organ) @ Saint Mary's Anglican Church
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm

Sing It – Vox Caldera Choir with Louise King (cello) & Hamsa Arnold (organ)

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May
4
Thu
MELLOW CELLODRAMA @ The Basement, Gold Coast Arts Centre
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

FEISTA DE LA MUSICA
Enjoy another free Fiesta de la Musica lunchtime concert on Thursday May 4 in The Basement at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Recently returned from their first European Tour, Cellissimo! – with cellists Belinda Manwaring & Tim Blomfield – is Australia’s pre-eminent cello duo.

Long recognised as the instrument of choice for composers wanting to match the dramatic qualities of the human voice, the cello shines in the spotlight in this performance with works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Kummer & Offenbach.

Antonio Vivaldi, famous for his “Four Seasons” concertos, always knew that the cello could ‘sing’. To prove it, he wrote nine heartfelt, dramatic sonatas for the instrument where the cello’s soul plunges to emotional depths as well as soars upwards into the coloratura range of an Opera diva.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, well known for his operas, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, likewise fashioned some fantastic arrangements of his greatest operatic arias. And cellist-composers, Friedrich Kummer and Jacques Offenbach (famous for the “Can-Can”) also knew just how to make the cello tug at audiences’ heart-strings through songs without words.

This concert promises to be a real “Cello-bration”!

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Patrick Murphy (cello), Anna Grinberg (piano) & Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) @ Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, School of Music
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Patrick Murphy (cello), Anna Grinberg (piano) & Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion)

Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, School of Music

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May
5
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Endeavour Trio – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

$15 / $10 AT DOOR
Faculty

The Endeavour Trio featuring Paul Dean (clarinet), Trish O’Brien (cello) and Stephen Emmerson (piano) join guest artists to present Martinu’s Quartet for Clarinet, Horn, Cello & Side Drum, Janácek’s Sonata for Clarinet & Piano and Pohádka for Cello & Piano, and Bartók’s Dance Suite.

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TRICHOTOMY @ JMI Live
May 5 @ 6:00 pm

Longstanding Brisbane trio TRICHOTOMY return to JMI after their UK/Europe tour promoting the new album KNOWN-UNKNOWN

The trio featuring Sean Foran (piano), John Parker (drums) and Samuel Vincent (bass) have developed an international reputation as a trio with a clear individual sound combining intense lyricism and engaging rhythmic interplay. With a suite of new material in their set, in this performance they feature work utilising live electronics alongside the acoustic improvising, extending the sonic palette of the trio even further.

4 Stars – “Rugged, hooky themes and savvy pacing and drama” – The Guardian

4 Stars – “this cohesive and exciting trio is back and on track” – All About Jazz

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Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held once a month for all keen fiddlers, cellists, guitarists, and musicians in the community.
You will need to bring Your fiddle, Cello, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder, Harp, Bodhran, double bass, banjo, viola and a music stand!
We many have performances we are preparing for:
see Upcoming Events page for details.
We have fun, learn tunes and meet others with the same interest.
Date
First Friday of every month

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Kristina Olsen (USA) + Gone Molly: The West End Sessions @ The West End Sessions
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Kristina Olsen is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international acoustic circuit. A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina, banjo, mandolin and piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina has audiences around the world coming back for more.

Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary folk.  Declan Affley award winner Rebecca Wright and songwriter Sally Harris bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss.  With their debut album due for release in mid-2017 and a steadily growing presence on the festival circuit, this enchanting duo are not to be missed.

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May
6
Sat
Concerts at Twilight – Presented by QYO @ Old Museum Concert Hall
May 6 @ 6:00 pm

The QYO Concerts at Twilight series features QYO orchestras and ensembles and guest ensembles from Brisbane and regional Queensland, performing in the heritage-listed Old Museum Concert Hall.

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May
7
Sun
Sunday concert by Hillbrook Anglican School’s Senior String and Guitar Ensembl @ Old Government House
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hillbrook Anglican School at Enoggera is renowned for its dynamic and diverse music program. This concert features two of the school’s senior ensembles; The Senior String Orchestra under the direction of Mrs Grace Weaver and the Senior Guitar Ensemble directed by Mr Nick Lavers.

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm – 4pm

 

Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

More Info: Kate Fraser 07 5499 9172 Email

Maleny Tunes Class – Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

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EDICSON RUIZ CHAMBER CONCERT – Presented by QSO @ QSO Studio's
May 7 @ 3:00 pm

 

Double Bass Edicson Ruiz
Piano John Fisher
Violin Alan Smith
Viola Yoko Okayasu
Cello Andrew Duthoit

Moser …sehr mit bassstimme sanft…
Oscher Soledad
Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, Trout
In this special chamber concert, QSO invites you to get up close and personal with Berlin Philharmonic’s Edicson Ruiz, one of the world’s most in-demand double bass soloists.

Beginning festivities is a work for solo double bass by Swiss composer Roland Moser, especially written for Ruiz. Then, your heart will melt with Oscher’s Baroque tango, Soledad.

The afternoon is rounded off with Schubert’s evocative Piano Quintet, full of youth, optimism and delight and played by a unique combination of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano.

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Seraphim Piano Trio – presented by The Noosa Music Society @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Centre
May 7 @ 4:30 pm

Over the last two decades, Seraphim Trio, Helen Ayres (violin), Anna Goldsworthy (piano) and Tim Nankervis (cello), has remained steadfastly committed to chamber music – from building the contemporary repertoire, to developing new audiences and teaching the next generation of performers.
‘a masterclass in chamber music technique and ensemble.’ www.seraphimtrio.com

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